The Land of Thunderbolt. In the Tibetan language, Dorje meaning the thunderbolt scepter of the Hindu god Indra and Ling meaning a place or land. That’s how the queen of the mountains got her name. However, there’s a difference of opinions in Darjeeling’s toponymy. As per Lepcha people, ‘Darju Lang’ meaning ‘ Heaven on earth’ or ‘Dorje Ling’ meaning Observatory Hill in Tibetan words. Some even say that it was named after Lama Dorje Rinzing who built the Bhutia Busti Monastery in 1761.
One can reach Darjeeling by plane, train and surface transport. The nearest Airport is Bagdogra ( 4hours drive) and the nearest broad-gauge rail station is New Jalpaiguri (4 hours drive). One can immerse in tranquility in this picturesque hill station and stay put for a couple of days, away from the humdrum of city life. However, choosing a decent hotel in Darjeeling can be a daunting task and needless to say, a hotel can virtually make or mar one’s trip.
Having traveled to Darjeeling for half a dozen times, I have had a fair bit of idea of the place and what it offers. And for a decent budget stay, there are few options available and Darjeeling Tourist Lodge comes first on any given day.